What is Yerba Mate? Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis) is a natural tree grown in the tropical rain forests of South America. The leaves and branches have traditionally been ground up and made into tea for thousands of years. The leaves naturally contain 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, and abundant antioxidants making it one of the most nutrient-dense plants on earth. It is known and used for its overall health promoting nutrients and smooth energy boosting properties. How does Yerba Mate work? Yerba Mate naturally contains many important and health boosting compounds for the body. It is known for improving short-term memory, increasing cognitive stimulation, reducing anxiety, and increasing overall cognitive function. All of the different health benefits of the plant stem from the abundant vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants naturally found inside. It contains xanthines, flavonoids, saponins, and cinnamic acid compounds. The xanthines act similar to caffeine. They have natural energy boosting and cognitive enhancing properties. Unlike caffeine, they do not create jitters or crashes in energy after they have been consumed. The flavonoids are known for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. They help clean the body of harmful toxins and protect the body by boosting the immune system. The Saponins work to clean out the digestive tract and speed up the process of burning fat. Like flavonoids, Saponins are known to help increase the immune system and clear out harmful substances form the boddy. Taking Yerba Matte also helps improve improves energy metabolism, cellular function, and acts as a vasodilator. As a vasodilator, Yerba Mate helps improve overall cardiovascular function by improving blood flow around the body. Why use Yerba Mate? It’s comprised of potent antioxidants that boost the immune system Helps rid the body of toxins and other harmful substances Enhances focus and ability to concentrate for long durations of time Helps burn fat and improve metabolism Increases mental clarity Increases energy levels How to use Yerba Mate? Traditionally it has been consumed as a hot tea beverage. However, 500mg per day of Yerba Mate Extract is the typical dose that should produce all the desired effects, with minimal side effects in most individuals. It has been known to work very well when taken with other nootropic compounds. Classes of Yerba Mate Yerba Mate is also known as “Ilex Paraguariensis,” and it can be broken down into 3 sub-categories based upon where it comes from in the world. Classical Argentine Yerba Mate, Paraguayan Yerba Mate, and Gaucho Yerba Mate. Yerba Mate Side Effects Yerba Mate is considered to be safe when used appropriately and conservatively. In rare cases where an excessive amount of Yerba Mate is taken, some possible Yerba Mate side effects include insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, headache, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, and ringing in the ears.